(Closed) so bummed…need advice

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
15 posts

@Costa Rica Bride: 

  First off props to you for working so hard to come up with a plan to meet your goal. I know how frustrating it can be to work your butt off and not see the scale move. Perhaps your daily calorie amount is too low? I only say this because it happened to me. I tried to suddenly go on this healthy kick of working out and restricting calories when I had no real concept of how many calories I had been eating before or how many I needed for my body. I met with a nutritionist who told me I wasn’t eating enough calories and therefore slowing my metabolism down. When you slow your metabolism its gonna hang on to every ounce. I encourage you to really look into your calorie needs as you may be able to eat more (healthy foods of course) and see results.

Also, while I find Jillian Michaels to be a total badass her workouts or too intense for me as I have a joint disorder in one of my knees. Do you like to swim? Swimming laps is great cardio and burns lots of calories in an hour. It’s also low impact so if you have a hurt knee you can usually still get in a workout but you always want to check with a doctor to make sure you don’t have a serious injury. I’m sorry you are frustrated but pack yourself on the back for the work you’ve put in and try to go back to the drawing board of what you enjoy doing for excercise etc. I like to go to Fitness Magazines website and read all the success stories or “How they did it,” because it’s inspiring and you get get tips. Please, please don’t starve yourself as this can be damaging to your body and mental health. Diet pills can also be dangerous so you should really consult a doctor if you go that route. Big hugs and know you are a beautiful woman no matter what and I believe you can reach your goals the healthy way!

Post # 4
32 posts
  • Wedding: February 2012

I totally agree with you needing to eat more!

If you’re eating 1300 cal per day and burning 400cal with exercise then you are actually only getting 900cal per day which is far too low. Once your total calorie intake drops below 1200 your metabolism will start to slow because you wont be getting enough energy to do everyday things.

On the days you run for 400cal allow yourself to have an extra serving of wholemeal bread, an extra yoghurt and a banana or some nuts for example, and see how this goes ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

This is still doable wrecked knees and all ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have a lot of health problems and still managed to lose 70+lbs with no exercise in 10 months. Try the 6wk body makeover and see if you start losing weight. Follow it perfectly for six weeks and you should see a difference. If you are having good results PM me and I will talk to my dr. friend who developed a long term eating plan similar to that diet.

Post # 6
1307 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I think if you bump your calories up to 1600-1700 ish, you’ll see better results. If you’re burning 400 on the treadmill, probably 200-300 on the Jillian Michaels DVD, that’s a large calorie deficit. When your body realizes you’re not giving it food, or enough food, it’ll hold on to all the fat it can.

Post # 7
3718 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013


I also agree– you aren’t eating enough. Try to bump your calorie count up to 1600 calories a day and then get about 350 to 400 calories burned through exercise.

I’ve dropped a lot of weight in my day and have horrible knees. The first thing you need to do with your knees is get them checked to see if it is a strain and will get better with rest or if something is ripped and you need surgery. Then rest them for a good 3 weeks (no walking for exercise or anything else standing beyond the bare minimum). You can still swim (the crawl, not breaststroke), do Pilates and mat work, and lift weights (upper body). Once the resting is over do low-impact cardio like elliptical and running on a trampoline while building up the muscle in your legs. If your gym has BodyPump classes, it is a great way to do this. Your surrounding muscles get stronger so your knees get healthy. if they don’t have that class, you need to do lots of squats and lunges 3 times a week.

As far as diet– be sure to keep track of what you eat, not just the calories. I eliminate all processed food, artificial sugars, and gluten (I sub in whole grain rice pasta). My dieting plan involves plain greek yogurt or oatmeal with 2 servings of fruit (normally frozen mixed berries and a banana). For lunch and dinner I will have either: quinoa cooked with kale and goat cheese and fish, macaroni and cheese with chicken and broccoli, corn tortillas filled with black beans and cheese, chili, pasta primavera, or risotto with sweet potato and crasins. The foods are healthy, but don’t taste like it. They are far more satisfying than a diet meal and have similar calorie content. Just try to get 500 calories per meal and you should be fine. Then reward yourself with a glass of red wine or a handful of chocolate chips!


Post # 8
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I do agree with caloric math (less in, expending more is good way to lose weight), but in some people with a more stubborn metabolism, your body can begin to decrease your metabolic rate.

I’ve lost about 5 lbs the past 2 weeks using a very low fat/high protein diet.  Basically, some people need to reduce their carbohydrate intake and switch to high protein to get their body to burn fat. 

It’s so great that you’re exercising as well!  Strangely enough, studies have shown that for the diet I’m on, vigorous exercise is counter productive – instead I’m just doing walking and lifting weights to prevent losing lean body mass.  If your diet is considered a VLCD (“very low calorie diet”) for your metabolism, maybe you’re experiencing the same plateau issue reseachers have seen?

Some things to possibly bring up with your doctor!

Post # 9
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

MyFitnessPal is a great tool to keep track of your calories, and it can help you determine the amount of calories you need to lose weight. Working out is important, but nutrition accounts for most of your success when dieting, so you really want to make sure you’re taking in the proper fuel for your body.

I highly recommend checking out MyFitnessPal, but don’t give up. You’re still early in the process, and there’s lots of time left. Losing weight is funny like that. I’d stay away from pills. I just don’t believe pills are a healthy alternative to losing weight. Over the years I’ve worked with some trainers, and every one of them adamantly was against pills. I know you can do it in a healthy, safe way. ๐Ÿ™‚  

Post # 10
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree with the others that you aren’t eating enough.  Yes, you need to have a caloric deficit based on what you want to lose, but when you work out, that adds in some calories that you need to eat.  I would go off the calculation on a website for how many calories you burn on the treadmill since most of them are calebrated for men.

Post # 11
502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Have you had your thyroid checked?

Post # 12
2755 posts
Sugar bee

Yeah, I just want to echo the whole “not eating enough” – I know it can seem frustrating, but you need to ensure your body is getting enough fuel to operate properly. If you don’t give it enough fuel, it’s going to think something is wrong and try to hold on to what it’s already got.

My Fitness Pal (myfitnesspal.com) is a great website to use that will help ensure you’re eating enough to make up for what you burn while still creating a calorie deficit to ensure weight loss. Also keep in mind that you are going to build muscle with 30 Day Shred, and muscle weighs more than fat so you might not see a difference on the scale while you will see a difference in your body.

Take measurements monthly of your bicep, bust, natural waist, hips, thigh, calf and any other body parts you wanna keep track of.

Drink TONS of water! If you aren’t drinking enough water, especially with that much exercise, you’ll also see a few extra pounds from the water weight your body is keeping to stave off dehydration. I try and drink 20 oz. every 2 hours. Don’t guzzle a lot at one time, instead sip throughout the day. Once your body is fully hydrated, you won’t pee as much as you will during the first few days, so don’t dispair if you’re having too many bathroom trips; it will even out ๐Ÿ™‚

And please, please, please never starve yourself OR take diet pills. Neither is the answer – weight loss can be a slow process, which I know isn’t what you want to hear, but it’s the truth. You didn’t put on 20 pounds in a week, so it’s not going to take a week to get them off. But if you keep exercising in addition to eating a healthy, balanced diet full of protein, veg/fruits and whole grains and drinking plenty of water you will see a definite difference.

Also, don’t forget that strength training is equally important! You get some strength with 30 Day Shred, but maybe think about looking up a few beginner’s strength training routines and doing that a few times a week (I alternate arms, legs and core/abs M, W, F each week) in addition to your cardio.

Post # 14
18 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

Let me start off by saying that your level of dedication and commitment is amazing! You should be very proud of yourself.

But let me also say–losing 45lbs in a matter of 3 months is just not feasible or realistic. Maybe if you were heavier, but at 165, you are not a giant! Losing weight is a very long process. Maybe you should reassess your weight loss goals. Remember that muscle weighs more than fat. As you get more toned and in shape, you will start to see the weight loss level off. Take your measurements, take pictures to see your progress. Just please, don’t let yourself get caught up in weight loss when the real importance is toning your body and adding muscle.

Post # 15
1697 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I want to chime in…I am 5’2 and 125-130 lbs ish. When I was with my personal trainer YEARS ago, he had me on a 1200 calorie diet and I was working out 3 days a week and running 4 days. (and I was only running like a mile!) we are smaller and need less calories so I think that is why people freak out when they hear 1300. WOAH that’s like nothing is what my friends told me and I tell them that my personal trainer had me try it and they go oh ok. lol! keep us posted kay? I am currently running 4 miles and burn about 400-500 calories a run. I JUST started this this week. I am also eating 1200-1300 cal a day. I lost 1/4 of an inch off my waist. I NEVER weigh myself. I only measure my waist ( shrug) I dont care how much I weigh cause you know muscle factors into that, I only care that my dress came in and it is 27 inches in the waist and I am 29 inches in the waist GLUP!. Darn, too many margaritas! I like the idea of taking pics and measurements. Also I have found that NO MATTER WHAT I DO, if I eat past 7:30 pm, I will not get thinner. period. much luck to you and another question, Do you have new running shoes? I started to hurt my knees and I was told by runners to get new shoes and VIOLA! no more knee problems! Another suggestion since you are so dedicated… ever try bikram yoga? it is hot yoga and is gentle on your knees and detoxes you from the sweat and you can burn up to 500 calories an hour. Swimming I hear is good too but I dont like what the chlorine does to my hair.

Post # 16
11 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012


In terms of your knees…Xray, MD!!

BMR Caloric intake should be at LEAST 1200 (“American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that calorie levels never drop below 1200 calories per day for women or 1800 calories per day for men. Even these calorie levels are quite low.http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/harris-benedict-equation/calorie-intake-to-lose-weight.php).

If you have plateaued…change your work out.  Your health should be number 1, not squeezing into a smaller size.  The proper, and only effective way to lose weight is with diet and exercise (which you are doing) and moderation, and weight loss at 1-2 lbs per week MAXIMUM…if you plan to keep it off.

Also, dont forget, we arent all meant to be a size 0….embrace your body, love it for what it is!

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